The Alliance continues to monitor rural and remote health workforce developments.
It has long pushed for improvements to the classification system for remoteness which is used in the administration of general practice workforce incentives. The Assistant Minister for Health recently announced changes that will see these incentives more closely aligned with the size of communities and so with workforce shortages. The Alliance will provide further details of these changes as they come to light.
A recent report, Agenda for change from the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council identifies some of the particular challenges - and opportunities - for rural areas. Some suggestions from the Alliance submission to the Environmental Scan 2014 are included in the Health Industry Skills Council's report as ways to help meet workforce development needs.
The Alliance has a Fact Sheet on doctor numbers in rural Australia. Despite the great significance of the matters, the total number of doctors in Australia and their distribution are still subject to much uncertainty. The situation is similarly uncertain for nurses and appalling for allied health professionals. The Alliance's Twenty steps to equal health by 2020 brings together our position on how to develop and strengthen the whole of our rural health workforce through a lifetime approach.
The Alliance's Opinion Piece Better access to GPs and primary care: who do you trust? responded to the report from the Grattan Institute, Access all areas, on proposals relating to GP shortages in rural Australia.
Agenda for Change
Submission to the Environment Scan 2014
Twenty steps to equal health by 2020
HWA Rural and Remote Strategy
HW2025 – Doctors, Nurses and Midwives
AIHW Allied Health Workforce 2013